CSU Summer Arts returns to Fresno State in 2017

~ Reprinted from FresnoStateNews.com

Fresno State will reprise its role as host campus for CSU Summer Arts, starting in summer 2017 and continuing through 2021. Fresno State had previously hosted from 1999 to 2011.

Since 1985, the CSU has offered the Summer Arts experience to both audiences and students, systemwide and beyond. This unique program offers experiential, academic courses in dance, media arts, music, literary arts, theatre, visual arts and design, STEAM (STEM + Art), and a month-long public arts festival. Students have the option to live on campus as they work side-by-side with arts professionals during the summer.

The 2017 season will feature 20 different courses, including “Printmaking and Installation: Out of the Matrix” led by Fresno State faculty member Jessica Robles, and two courses abroad: “La Guitarra Española” in Granada, Spain, and “Acting Irish Theatre” in Dublin.

From June 26 to July 23, local communities are invited to the public arts festival as Summer Arts master teaching artists and students proudly showcase their talents in all arts disciplines. 

“The arts are thriving at Fresno State and throughout the Central Valley,” said Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro. “The return of the Summer Arts Program is part of our bold strategy to further enhance the vibrancy of the arts at Fresno State and in our region.”

CSU officials said the move to Fresno State will provide opportunities for the campus to gain support from Fresno County and the greater Central Valley. With chamber music halls, a professional-quality theatre and a costume shop, Fresno State’s facilities are well-equipped to support Summer Arts’ highly intensive program.

“Summer Arts will bring the best of the world to the Valley, and the programming will enrich our thriving arts and unite us as a community in celebrating our diversity, creativity and shared humanity,” said Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at Fresno State, which will coordinate the program.

CSU Summer Arts 2017 will begin accepting applications in January. For more information, visit http://blogs.calstate.edu/summerarts.

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The College of Arts and Humanities provides a diverse student population with the communication skills, humanistic values and cultural awareness that form the foundation of scholarship. The college offers intellectual and artistic programs that engage students and faculty and the community in collaboration, dialog and discovery. These programs help preserve, illuminate and nourish the arts and humanities for the campus and for the wider community.

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